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Old 09-16-2016, 01:12 PM
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Are flea collars safe?

I've always heard that we should stay away from flea collars. That they can be really bad for the animals, cause chemical burns and don't work very well.

But I see quite a few people use the Seresto kind.

Is it safe to use? Would you recommend it?

I have two dogs. One is a 10lb chi mix that has very very thin fur.
My other dog is a wooly (long haired) husky. I worry that a flea collar wouldn't even work with all his fur! lol
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I have heard Seresto is good, but I personally don't use any chemical related anything. Chemical burns do happen, plus all the toxins the skin is absorbing... For me, it's wondercide spray only.
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[QUOTE=eckokitten;3166465]I've always heard that we should stay away from flea collars. That they can be really bad for the animals, cause chemical burns and don't work very well.

Would you wear a poison necklace.
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My cat currently wears a Seresto collar because, right now, he's indoor/outdoor and I don't want him to fall ill, particularly with tick borne disease.

My vet told me that it was safe, effective, and highly rated. I haven't had any issues whatsoever with it.

Once I move in January and my cat becomes indoor-only I'll likely use Frontline or something else "just in case" he comes into contact with fleas/ticks but the collar just won't really be necessary anymore.

I was always one to hate flea collars too, for the record.
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Older style flea collars were relatively ineffective and had the potential to cause serious reactions.

Newer collars like Seresto and Preventic are different and I know a number of people who have used them successfully. Of course there is still the potential for a reaction, but that's true of anything - even so-called chemical-free and natural preventives.
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Aspen has worn a Soresto collar for the last year with no ill side effects and wonderful results. She didn't have a single tick on her all summer- even when hiking in thick woods.
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I have heard Seresto is good, but I personally don't use any chemical related anything. Chemical burns do happen, plus all the toxins the skin is absorbing... For me, it's wondercide spray only.
I looked at the spray but it is just for the house yard not for the dogs themselves?

It looks like it is way outside my price range in that case. I have a large house and they also go other places then just my yard so I don't think that would work.
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I looked at the spray but it is just for the house yard not for the dogs themselves?

It looks like it is way outside my price range in that case. I have a large house and they also go other places then just my yard so I don't think that would work.
No they have spray bottles for pets as well. We get the 30 oz size bottles.
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Aspen has worn a Soresto collar for the last year with no ill side effects and wonderful results. She didn't have a single tick on her all summer- even when hiking in thick woods.
Seresto collars seem to have a much better reputation than older flea type collars especially the cheapies you could buy from the grocery store.
Ticks, on the other hand, have a reputation that has gotten steadily worse with increased understanding of some of the diseases they carry.

People who are 'anti chemical' without exploring the particulars of the chemical in question, don't seem to realize that a) everything is made of chemicals and b) some of the most toxic substances known are 'natural'.
To those people I say that the time to 'do your homework' is time well spent, research the particular chemical.
It isn't difficult. I'm a senior and when I was young and had to research, I had to walk to the public library. You have the internet at your fingertips, and your dog is worth the effort.
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Do you not want to use an oral or liquid flea and tick prevention? I have a ten pound Yorkie and a four pound Morkie and they both use NexGuard with really good success.
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